Best computer for an international studies/marketing student on a budget?

<p>I'm starting college this fall and I'm beginning to shop around for a computer. I want something portable, but I'm not sure whether to go with a laptop or a tablet or something else. I would love to get a Macbook Air since I'm comfortable with its user interface and compact size, but I can't really spend more than $500.</p>

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